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  • Local restaurants reopening, but will diners come?

    Local restaurants reopening, but will diners come?

    ELLSWORTH — Days ahead of its return to dine-in services, the inside of Sylvia’s Café looked a bit different. Late Monday morning, owners Taylor and Codie Montigny were busy putting the finishing touches on their Mill Mall restaurant. Between tables carefully spaced at least 6 feet apart, a large curtain hung to separate employees from

  • Human remains found in Jonesport

    JONESPORT — State police say human remains were found May 21 off Route 187 in Jonesport near Wilders Way. The discovery came after a search that included police dogs and members of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Maine Warden Service, state police and community volunteers. The remains will be transported to the state Medical Examiner’s

  • Ellsworth Public Library curbside pickup starts June 1

    Ellsworth Public Library curbside pickup starts June 1

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Public Library will launch curbside pickup service for library materials on June 1. This is part of a phased reopening plan following careful safety protocols. To maximize safety for library patrons and staff, the building will not be open to the public until Stage 3 of the state’s reopening plan, currently

  • Potato project to help fight hunger on Blue Hill Peninsula

    Potato project to help fight hunger on Blue Hill Peninsula

    BLUE HILL — Thanks to a surplus of seed potatoes in Aroostook County, a thoughtful Deer Isle gardener, Quill’s End Farm in Penobscot, Blue Hill Heritage Trust and a host of other groups, potatoes should be plentiful this upcoming fall for local food pantries. “The seed potatoes are free to anyone wanting to help and

  • Update: EHS graduation plans to be changed

    Update: EHS graduation plans to be changed

    Update 5/21/20: Certain aspects of this plan are likely to change, Superintendent Dan Higgins said Thursday morning. Specifically, school officials, with input from the Ellsworth Police Department, are considering changes to the date and time of the processional. The current plan for a car processional at 4 p.m. on a Friday “is not an option,” Higgins

  • Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of May 21

    Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of May 21

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s Lt. Corey Bagley arrested two people after getting a call May 14 from Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital reporting a domestic violence assault victim in the emergency room with “severe injuries.” “As a result of the investigation, 18-year-old Violet Brown and 40-year-old Paul Brown, both of Hancock, were arrested and

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of May 21

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of May 21

    ELLSWORTH — On May 17, police assisted the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office in a birthday parade for a 10-year-old boy in Surry, just over the Ellsworth line, according to a report. Medical call assist Officers assisted Northern Light Medical Transport on a medical call on May 17. Gunshots report A report of gunshots on the

  • Extending tax shelter would benefit city, says developer

    Extending tax shelter would benefit city, says developer

    ELLSWORTH — The city could get affordable housing for seniors and help defray some costs to taxpayers by extending a tax shelter to a proposed senior housing project, said Kevin Bunker of Developers Collaborative at a council meeting on Monday evening. “Generally when there’s development coming into an area you’re going to see an increase

  • GSA announces graduation plans, honor parts

    GSA announces graduation plans, honor parts

    BLUE HILL — George Stevens Academy will honor the Class of 2020 with an online class night on Saturday, June 13, at 7 p.m. and online commencement exercises on Sunday, June 14, at 1 p.m. The school also announced its senior class honor parts. Though commencement will not take place on the school’s front lawn

  • City awards engineering contract for Water Street pump station upgrade

    ELLSWORTH — City councilors voted unanimously on Monday to award a contract to Bangor-based firm Woodard & Curran to design and engineer an upgrade aimed at fixing issues with a pump station on Water Street that handles roughly two-thirds of the city’s sewage. “The issue that we’re having there is in the springtime when you

  • Courts ponder how to safely reopen

    ELLSWORTH — If everyone is wearing masks in a jury trial, how do jurors judge the credibility of victims and others testifying? That issue was just one of scores of COVID-19-related problems raised on May 14 during a virtual session of a newly created stakeholders’ group for the Administrative Office of the Courts. The Honorable